Little Reads – May 25, 2018

Little Reads is a weekly blog post dedicated to short stories or essays I find interesting online. They may be older posts or they may have published recently, but you will always find a link to those posts and my opinions here.

Happy Friday! Of course, this is also Memorial Day Weekend for you Americans which is the unofficial start of the summer season. I hope you’re all lounging by your pools or beaches or sprinklers getting that summer started right. I’m going to be making myself a summer corn salad and reading (of course).

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Little Reads – May 4, 2018

While there’s a ton of stuff I still need catching up on, here I am with another edition of Little Reads.

Because I was away for most of April I haven’t had a chance to keep up with this, but now that we’re back I feel like the articles are coming at me at full force. Maybe it’s just me or maybe it’s a really good article-reading month.

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Little Reads – March 16, 2018

Little Reads is a weekly blog post dedicated to short stories or essays I find interesting online. They may be older posts or they may have published recently, but you will always find a link to those posts and my opinions here.

First off, while this isn’t a short story or an essay, I did want to share this amazing obituary written about the late Stephen Hawking. I’m not a physicist or have an interest in learning physics, but I admire this man. Despite the lengths his body endured through his sickness he continued to study and create many new theories. His contributions to science and physics help to bring more answers to what the meaning of the universe is. I even learned a little bit about the Hawking radiation, which is aptly named after him.

Now that he’s even more a part of the fabric of the universe, I read this amazing obituary from the New York Times about what he was able to accomplish in his life with Lou Gehrig’s disease. It’s a pretty lengthy article highlighting many accomplishments of his life and some of it was a bit difficult to grasp because of the science, but still I would strongly recommend skimming.

The main thing they talk about here is his work with black holes. According to this and his theory, he believed that black holes not only sucked in a lot of materials, but it also radiated some materials back. I’ve read a lot of Science Fiction to know that a black hole is nothing but destruction. If I’m correct in this (and I’m probably not because I’m not a physicist), Stephen Hawking’s theory means that what we believed to be this swirling death hole not only destroys but creates. I mean, if you’re a scientist, that’s something big right?

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Image from Lit Hub website: https://lithub.com/esme-weijun-wang-finds-her-way-back-to-a-beloved-childhood-dish/

The second article I found was this beautiful one written by Esme Weijun Wang and her struggle with her chronic illness. She talks about her fight with Lyme disease and how that’s essentially made her gluten-sensitive. She then goes into discussing the joys of enjoying a bowl of noodles from Taiwan and how that made her feel terrible and the adaptations we all have to make when trying to survive.

I resonate so much with this article. Ever since finding out that I have chronic Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism, I try my best to stay gluten and dairy free. I mean, I do have my weak moments where I get a cheeseburger or whip up a batch of my homemade mac and cheese, but I can never eat gluten and dairy regularly to keep my thyroid and body as healthy as I can.

But there’s so many things I miss from my childhood and a lot of that includes food from Asian countries. While my symptoms when eating these foods aren’t as bad (I get a slight headache), I still feel the sacrifices you have to make in order to stay alive. I have to sacrifice a little bit of my own heritage so that I can continue to maintain my body without ups and downs of thyroid issues.

And it kills me sometimes. I would do anything for a giant bowl of noodles but I also know that I’m better off with some meat, veg, and a bowl of rice.

We all have to make sacrifices and you can meet those sacrifices with a positive attitude and you can have that bowl of noodles. It can taste exactly like home despite the minor changes you had to make.

If you have any little reads to suggest, contact me and let me know! I would love to read your little reads.

Little Reads – March 9, 2018

Happy Friday everyone!

I’ve decided that I’m going to take my favorite links from the Internet series and turn it into a spotlight on short stories and essays I find. I’ll be featuring one or two articles at the end of the week in a new series I like to call Little Reads. 

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Image from Catapult article by Shing Yin Kor

Today’s article is a little comic I found on Catapult’s page. It’s a beautiful story about a young woman who expresses her love and appreciation for people in the only way she knows how; through cooking food.

This story resonated so much with me both as a food person and because my family was never openly hugging or kissing each other. We were reserved people that really only know how to love by feeding each other. If it’s through a beautifully home-cooked meal or at a restaurant, we are always making sure that the ones we love are fed.

It reminds me of this “thing” that we do. When you love someone, you put a little food on their plate. It could be a piece of chicken or even just a pickle, but the simple act of putting some food on a plate is like saying you love them without the words. You want to see them eat and make sure that they are healthy and fed.

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Hope you enjoy this literary snack! Have a great weekend!

If you have any short stories or essays you’d like to see featured, reach out to me at simonelikesbooks [at] gmail dot com.

 

Little Reads – February 2, 2018

I feel that recently there’s been a lot of bad news. Well, the past year has been filled with bad news and it’s been really tough. You want to keep in mind your self care, but when the president is doing funny things or someone scares another group of people it’s difficult to keep focused.

People feel worse from bad news and that kind of feeling can leak into other parts of your world. I know that I’m very guilty of this and have had stress and anxiety from being too connected to the bad stuff happening in the world. My husband is even convinced that his stress about winter has made me stressed about winter.

So I’ve decided to dedicate my Friday posts to sharing some good news. This will include some bookish-related news, but mostly fun stuff I find and read on the Internet. I figured that the world can do with a bit of good news so might as well include them here.

For this Friday, there just happened to be a lot of stuff going on. First there was the State of the Union address, which I won’t get into. It caused a ton of controversy, so I spent the rest of the week reminded myself that there are worse things in the world and way better news to share.

I’m obsessed with War and Peace

My big obsession this week has been Leo Tolstoy’s classic tale called War and Peace. However, unlike most people in the bookish world, I’m watching the BBC 8-part series. I spent my evenings this week laughing at Pierre for being such a turd and seeing all these women either losing their husbands to war or other women or just to themselves. A lot of women waiting around for their beaus to return from whatever they’re doing. It’s kind of fun and really dramatic.

Also, I can’t help but to watch this show and think about how Russia used to be before the French took over and then communism. I wonder if Russia will ever experience a glory like they did when they were just a monarchy.

 

Super Blue Blood Moon

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Photo used by NASA

“I see a blood moon rising…”

I’ve been living in blood moon world while playing Zelda: The Breath of Wild on Nintendo. Every time the blood moon rises in the game, the folks I already killed miraculously come back to life. This isn’t that terrible of a fate especially when you don’t keep track of your kills.

But when I heard there was going to be a blood moon FOR REAL I had to check it out. While I missed the real thing in the city, I saw the telescopic images from NASA and you have to admit that this thing is pretty cool. I’m not a big science person and my husband loves it more than I do, but I think that a giant red moon is something that you got to see. Also, the craters from meteors look pretty spectacular on the lunar surface.

Dumbledore is Gay and No One is Doing Anything About It

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Photo used from BoingBoing

If you weren’t aware, many years ago JK Rowling made a statement that Dumbledore is gay. Back then, people were outraged with knowing that Dumbledore is gay and how that goes against some of the more Christian sensibilities in the world.

Now, as the new Crimes of Grindelwald movie news comes out, it sounds like Dumbledore won’t be exploring his new sexual freedom with his bestie and possible former lover, Grindelwald.

I didn’t know much about the controversy, so I did some research and I can see why people are so upset. When the world is crying for some representation on all marginalized voices, you’d think this would be a good chance for JK Rowling to show that Dumbledore is more than just the kooky professor and wizard. However, it sounds like Rowling won’t be making any attempts to explore this part of the famous wizard’s life.

I wish that they would really approach this theme. Having one of the most famous wizards of all time be openly gay means a lot to the LGBTQ community as well as any marginalized fans of Harry Potter. After the display of minorities in the books and films, you’d think that JK Rowling would grow up a little and bring the films into 2018.

I just think it would have been a great opportunity to explore this and it was just missed. We can have a movie with a bunch of monsters and mythical creatures, but we can’t have a gay Dumbledore? Probably the saddest news I heard all week.

The Cover Reveal of A Court of Frost and Starlight

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This is the last piece of news for the week, but I’m so excited to share it! The Internet was abuzz this week when Bloomsbury released the latest cover for Sarah J. Maas’s latest book, A Court of Frost and Starlight. This book in the epic series will be a novella that bridges the last book (A Court of Wings and Ruin) to some spinoff series Maas will be writing. I think I will pretty much read anything Sarah J Maas writes because her work is incredibly detailed. Also, she announced that she’s pregnant and probably will be busy with the baby soon, so this might be it for a little while…

If you’re not an avid follower of this series, this is a good high fantasy you’ll have trouble putting down. I mean, it took me a day to finish one of the books, which was 800-pages long! These books are so good with romance, action and adventure, politics, and a lot of kick ass girl power.

This cover is so so beautiful and if you’re a follower of the series, then you know about the tattoos down her right arm. Even if you’re not a fan or haven’t read it yet, you have to admit that this pic really gets you psyched for the new one!